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Waukesha County Airport's control tower one of 149 on final closure list

March 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. | The list is now official and it wasn't good news for eight airports in Wisconsin.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the airport control towers at Waukesha County's Crites Field and Milwaukee County's Timmerman Field on Milwaukee's northwest side are among the 149 that will begin a four-week closing process beginning April 7.

The other airport control towers that will close in the state are in Mosinee, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Janesville, La Crosse and Oshkosh. 

The tower closures are a result of the FAA having to cut nearly $600 million from its budget as part of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts.

According to a release from the FAA, the agency kept 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure as well as an additional 16 towers under the “cost share” program.

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Man gets 4 months in Waukesha hit-and-run that killed service dog

March 22, 2013 12:50 p.m. | Carlos M. Ward, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to striking a woman and her service dog with his vehicle in Waukesha, killing the dog, was sentenced Friday morning to two years probation and four months jail.

Ward, 30, was convicted on March 13 of felony hit and run, causing injury, after striking Deborah Schultz and her dog last June as they were crossing at the intersection of North Barstow Street and South Street. Ward fled the scene after hitting Schultz, who was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a fractured foot. The dog, Lexie, died shortly after the incident. Schultz said at the March 22 sentencing hearing for Ward that the dog helped her cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, the result of her husband’s death in a car accident.

“She woke me up from nightmares,” Schultz tearfully told the courtroom.

Ward, a Milwaukee resident who worked in Waukesha, was arrested days later after an officer positively identified his vehicle based on witnesses’ statements. Ward confessed to hitting the woman and her dog, telling police he panicked when he fled the scene. He said he was very sorry for what he did.

The maximum sentence for the hit and run, nine months in prison, was imposed by Judge Donald Hassin but stayed in lieu of two years probation and four months jail.

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Extreme cat hoarding case occurred in a Town of Oconomowoc home, barn

March 21, 2013 4:23 p.m. | The 144 cats that were found in the extreme hoarding case last week came from a Town of Oconomowoc residence and barn, police logs indicate.

Lynn Olenik, executive director of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, said that while 50 have been saved from the property at W390 N9275 Pennsylvania St., 94 could not.

Olenik said the Humane Society got a call from Waukesha County Humane Officers, a separate branch that works for Waukesha County’s Parks and Land Use, after it had received a complaint.

When they got to the scene, it wasn’t pretty.

Olenik said most of the cats, which were found in the house and in the nearby barn, were sick and in grave condition. Many were dehydrated, others were very thin from not being fed and most had infections as some were covered in feces.

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HAWS Shelter seeks help in cat hoarding cases

March 20, 2013 11:19 a.m. | Fifty cats from one owner, most of them sick and suffering were recently brought to HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

The shelter is asking for the community’s help, and for residents to take action to prevent further occurrences of animal hoarding.
When is “many” considered too many? Animal hoarding, as defined in this circumstance, is when an owner/caretaker has more pets than they are able to care for properly. HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and Project Guardian both offer free or low-cost surgeries to community residents, effectively decreasing cat over-population.
HAWS stresses the need for community involvement to help eliminate future hoarding cases.
“People often don’t find out until the animals start to suffer,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS executive director.
Rather than allowing a situation to become uncontrolled, HAWS and Waukesha social service representatives ask any resident of the County, concerned that someone may have too many pets, to seek help for that person. Reports can be made to HAWS at (262) 542-8851 or the Department of Health and Human Services at (262) 548-7212 or 211.
HAWS is caring for nearly 50 cats that were surrendered by a single Waukesha County resident.
Olenik says the shelter is “treating all those we feel we can help. Most of the cats were ill and suffering, and living in deplorable conditions.”
Olenik said that as the cats are stabilized they will be placed up for adoption. Until that time, the shelter needs the community’s assistance with donations of cat food, cat litter and towels. Residents are also asked to donate money toward medications for treating upper respiratory infections and for deworming, and to sponsor spay-neuter surgeries for these cats — all costly items for HAWS to sustain.

Waukesha agrees to annex school district land

March 20, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Waukesha - The Common Council has approved a Waukesha School District petition to annex 127 acres in the Town of Waukesha west of Merrill Hills Road.

The district requested annexation of the property after the town board earlier this year excluded the property from town land to be included in the city's future water service area. The school district intends to build one or two schools on the property in the future and wants to connect to municipal water and sewer services at that time, Superintendent Todd Gray said.

Jeffrey and Connie Riegel, owners of a one-acre lot at the southeast corner of MacArthur Road and Merrill Hills Road, joined the district in the annexation petition.

The council on Wednesday approved the joint annexation petition on a 15-0 vote, Community Development Director Steve Crandell said.

Milwaukee man charged with selling $3,000 in narcotics

March 19, 2013 1:10 p.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man was charged for allegedly selling in March almost $3,000 worth of heroin and opiate prescription drugs to a confidential informant working for the Waukesha City Police Department.

Dalandric R. Manuel was charged on March 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, one count of delivering 3 grams or less of heroin and one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, among other, lesser charges. Manuel was convicted in Waukesha County Circuit Court of possession of THC in 2009.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police officers made contact with Manuel on March 8 through a criminal informant (CI). Through the CI, police arranged to purchase $200 worth of heroin from Manuel at the Quik Trip gas station located at 2530 North Grandview Boulevard. The CI gave Manuel $200 in prerecorded buy money and Manuel told him to meet at the Pick-n-Save grocery store at 2160 Silvernail Road to receive the heroin. The CI met with Manuel in aisle number three of the Pick N’ Save and Manuel allegedly slipped the heroin wrapped in a piece of paper into her purse.

As he was leaving, Manuel allegedly told the CI that she should not try to “Len Bias” him, referring to the “Len Bias” law, whereby a dealer can be charged with homicide if a user dies of an overdose from their product.

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Man held in Waukesha robbery may be suspect in two others

March 18, 2013 3:22 p.m. | A man who was arrested Saturday after a robbery at an E. Sunset Drive business is a suspect in two robberies from last week, Waukesha police said Monday.

The man was arrested after the business in the 100 block of E. Sunset Drive was robbed at 8:47 p.m. Saturday. The man is considered a suspect in a Speedway robbery on Sunset Drive that occurred about 1 a.m. Friday and a Subway restaurant robbery in the Town of Brookfield that was reported about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two of the robberies are still under investigation, and the Town of Brookfield incident was referred to the district attorney's office, Waukesha police said.

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